On civic election day will you be part of the solution or the problem?
It is estimated that anywhere from 28-31% of eligible voters will cast their ballot in Vancouver. That means about 70% of you will not bother to take 15 minutes out of your day to vote. Rather than simply shaming you into voting, we thought we'd provide you 10 reasons why you should vote!
Here we go!
Why vote? Because voting costs less than a Starbucks coffee. It also takes you less time to vote than waiting for your skinny peppermint mocha to be brewed up!
Why vote? Because in some countries the right to vote is so precious they're prepared to die in order to obtain it.
Why vote? Because in our country, thousands of soldiers have already paid the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that you can.
Why vote? Because unlike at school, it's the kind of multiple choice exam that offers no failing grade.
Why vote? Because you can't legitimately complain afterward if civic politicians aren't listening to you
Why vote? Because vital city services like fresh water, paved roads, street lights, sidewalks, bike paths, parks, schools depend on it.
Why vote? Because many civic races are won by the slimmest of margins. Even one vote could make the difference.
Why vote? Because unlike Federal & Provincial elections, the at-large system allows you to vote up to 25 times on the same ballot. What a deal!!!
Why vote? Because the vote counting machines for city elections are kinda cool! And there is no risk of losing your vote due to a dangling chad.
Why vote? Because the future of their city depends on it.
For more information on where to vote in your local city, simply Google your city's name and type in "election 2011". Voting booths are open early tomorrow morning and will close at 8 pm. For the reasons indicated above, we sure hope you won't be part of the 70%. Please occupy a voting booth.